Second season sire All American added a new stakeswinner to his record on Sunday when America Mon Amie, from his single US-bred crop, won the 26th running of the $US75,000 Northbound Pride Oaks LR at Canterbury Park.
Watch America Mon Amie’s Northbound Pride Oaks LR win here – race video replay courtesy of TDN.
The 3YO filly, who looks very much in the mould of her sire, had won her debut on turf at Kentucky Downs last September and returned in April for a fifth over a mile at Gulfstream. She then scored a convincing win at the same distance at Arlington on 15 May.
In Sunday’s race, held on US Father’s Day, and also a turf mile contest, America Mon Amie settled on the rail behind the leaders, challenged around the turn and drove home strongly to win in the final strides by three-quarters of a length. The favourite and previous stakeswinner Mizz Money was second, just ahead of My Blue Sky. America Mon Amie’s winning time was 1:36.58.
Her jockey, Rosemary Homeister Jr said afterwards, “She’s got speed, tactical speed. She worked and trained great for this race. Once I was able to move out around them by the quarter pole, I knew it was over.”
America Mon Amie is raced by her breeder Captain Jack Racing Stable, in partnership with David Menard and her trainer Anthony J. Granitz.
The filly’s dam Si Si Mon Amie, by Mr Greeley’s Grade 1-winning son El Corredor, won six times, including a Listed stakes race. This is the family of Champion US 2YO Colt Silent Screen, and European Group 1 winners Mujahid, Saffron Walden and Dolphin Street – all descended from the 1949 Spinaway Stakes winner Sunday Evening.
All American stood the 2011 season at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky and America Mon Amie is is among the first 14 runners from the resulting crop.
In Australia, the record-breaking Group 1 miler has two crops of racing age, including Group 3 juvenile winner Bachman, Group-placed Flemington winner Zebulon, stakes-placed filly Tender, recent city winners Eisenhower & Avonaco and 2YOs Ramla Bay & Green Card.